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Mourinho's 'Special One' status in serious jeopardy after crushing defeat by former club Chelsea

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Mourinho's 'Special One' status in serious jeopardy after crushing defeat by former club Chelsea

It was a brutal return to the Bridge for Jose Mourinho as his United charges who were thrashed 4-0.

Under new boss Antonio Conte, Chelsea outclassed their lacklustre rivals and went ahead after just 30 seconds when Pedro made the mot of some slack defending.

Gary Cahill made it 2-0, 20 minutes later as the United defence were again to blame for not clearing an Eden Hazard corner.

Despite boasting the worlds most expensive player in Paul Pogba and the highly-experienced Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their ranks United never looked capable of fighting back.

Hazard put the game to bed with a fine second half strike while N’Golo Kante embarrassed a static defence once more to complete a comprehensive win.

Despite a not so perfect start to this season the Blues are now fourth just one point from the top of the table lead by Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

United stay seventh now six points from the top and have registered just one Premier League win from their past six outings.

Mourinho’s latest embarrassment has sparked a few conversations over whether he is past his sell-by date.

If results and performances continue this way Mourinho’s self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ status is at serious risk.

And United’s rearguard display exposed some fundamental problems that Mourinho must address if he is to have any chance of success at the Old Trafford club.

At the post-match press conference Mourinho reflected of the poor display from his defence.

He said: “When we speak about performance we speak more about the globality and the globality, if we could delete the defensive mistakes, the globality was good but defensive mistakes are very important. We made an incredible defensive mistake. I have to say incredible with capitals. An incredible defensive mistake with capitals in the first minute and then the game is different.”

Conte meanwhile was optimistic for the future following his men’s performance, saying: “We took three points but the most important thing is that we win against a strong team and after this type of win usually your confidence increases, you trust more in the work. I think these are the most important things: three points, good, because now we are again in a good position in the table.”